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The move to cloud drives significant growth for South Africa

Recent research by Gartner has suggested that South Africa will finish the year as the fourth fastest-growing major IT market in the world, with the country’s broader IT market anticipated to ultimately grow faster than everyone else, except for India, Israel and Singapore.

Gartner research vice president and analyst John-David Lovelock explained that the country’s exceptional performance is being driven in the main by the increasing adoption of cloud computing by local companies.

Their increasing embrace of this technology is, in turn, being driven by the investments made by international cloud providers in local data centres.

“The growth in the IT industry in South Africa, which has been driven by consumer device sales in recent years is now switching to enterprise, cloud-driven IT spending. In fact, corporate spending on cloud services and digital transformation is likely to be the sector’s saving grace in the coming years. People who did not have cloud before are now piling in, which is why spending in SA is almost all cloud-based growth,” said Lovelock.

Traci Maynard, Microsoft Executive at Axiz, suggests that the Microsoft ‘Move to Modern’ approach, which is part of its current licensing strategy, falls neatly within this growth market, as it is designed to enable innovative new cloud and business scenarios that are able to scale.

“This strategy incorporates Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) as a key programme to enable partners to move their end-customers to the cloud with ease. My role at Axiz also incorporates the marketing of these Microsoft business groups and teams across our channel in South Africa and Africa,” she added.

“Axiz is a solution aggregator focused on offering value-added solutions to its registered partner channel. Its Microsoft CSP offering via AxizCloud – which is a cloud services aggregation platform capable of provisioning, managing, and billing sourced from multiple vendors – forms a vital part of the Axiz business strategy.”

Ultimately, she continued, Gartner’s research seems borne out by what Axiz is witnessing, as the company is also seeing the same trends as Gartner coming to the fore.

She said that Axiz’s software business across 36 vendors is also showing an increasing contribution to the company’s revenue statistics, year-on-year.

Our Microsoft Cloud business is steaming ahead across the Africa continent and we welcome all resellers to talk to us about their Cloud journey. Going solo on your cloud journey can be tricky. By partnering with Axiz and joining a solid partner program, you can skip ahead and jump into the action, right away.

For all cloud sales enquiries, contact [email protected] or Traci Maynard on 011 237 7128 direct.  AxizCloud Support can be contacted via email [email protected] and telephonically at 011 082 2626 or 0800 390009, with after-hours support at 060 992 9971.

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